Raging in the Atlantic hurricane "Sandy", which is assigned to the second (of five), hazard category on the Saffir-Simpson scale, has killed at least 21 people, said on Thursday night Latin American media with reference to the official statements of the local authorities.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Haiti informed the nine dead and three missing as a result of natural disaster. Another person was killed in Jamaica.
The national headquarters for the civil defense of Cuba reported the death of nine people in Santiago de Cuba, including a four-month baby, and two residents of Guantanamo. In Santiago de Cuba, the wind speeds up to 180 kilometers per hour were completely or partially destroyed thousands of homes, damaged 187 schools, which led to the temporary cancellation of classes. Hundreds of fallen trees impeded traffic. According to the central headquarters of the civil defense in the eastern provinces were evacuated 330,000 people, was canceled because of the element of the second round of elections to the municipal people's government, scheduled for next Sunday.
Chairman of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro intends to soon visit the affected areas. Bloggers write about dozens of wounded to the hospital for medical attention, and compare effects of the elements with the devastation following Hurricane "Flora" in 1963, which killed more than a thousand people.
Tropical storm "Sandy", which formed in the western Caribbean, began to gain strength after passing Jamaica. It was renamed the first hurricane hazard category on the Saffir-Simpson scale, on Wednesday evening. After the hurricane passed over Cuba, Haiti and headed toward the Bahamas. In the future, forecasters predict its path along the U.S. East Coast. It is expected that "Sandy" quiet down this weekend.
Three devastating hurricanes in Cuba in 2008, claimed the lives of seven people and caused damage of about $ 10 billion.
Scale Saffir-Simpson Hurricane used to measure the potential damage from the disaster in 1973. Developed by Herbert Saffir and Robert Simpson, it is based on wind speed and includes an assessment of storm waves in each of the five categories.